In The Red Badge of Courage, the theme of courage is tied to masculinity. At first, Henry Fleming feels like he can’t prove himself without first proving his valor. In all, his courage is proven through his proven through his deep commitment and greater cause of the Union Army. We also see Warfare as a theme of The Red Badge of Courage. Crane does his best to embrace the thoughts and ideas of war from a single perspective contrary to a group view as well as the psychological battles faced by an individual, which can sometimes be seen as far more important than the battles actually fought on the field.
The physical injuries sustained by men on the frontline in All quiet on the western front were absolutely horrendous. Remarque communicated this through his vivid use of gore and graphic imagery, however did was not supposed to be a surprise factor, but more for the reader to truly understand what soldier could go through. For example, Remarque made it very clear that he was aware of the pains men were forced to endure when he put Paul and
The general is able to express his thoughts and feelings well through his thoughtful and perfectly placed words full of emotional pathos. He tells of soldiers meeting their demise unquestioning, uncomplaining, and with faith in their hearts (“American Rhetoric: General Douglas MacArthur -- Sylvanus Thayer Award Address”). Such things evoke emotions of sympathy, melancholy, and not to mention feelings of pride. MacArthur even goes as far as to say “if you lose, the nation will be destroyed” (“American Rhetoric: General Douglas MacArthur -- Sylvanus Thayer Award Address”). This brings about a flash of fear across the minds of both soldiers and soldiers-to-be alike.
War brings out the best in Homer’s heroes, as they tap previously unknown reserves of strength, courage, and loyalty. But war also can bring out the worst in men. The theme of honor and masculinity is very strong that it overshadows the barbarity and unavoidable death or war. If they don’t battle it is considered an insult to masculinity. Achilles is driven by pride, anger and grief which leads him to go to war.
The war is constantly held over the boys heads in A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This book shows what it was like to live in a time where war is constantly a threat to the boys. Whether it was getting drafted or mental problems from military training. The boys constantly have to face the effects of war first and second hand. In the book A separate peace by John Knowles he plays with the concepts of war and guilt .
The theme in these two short stories is heroism. “Speaking of Courage” encourages heroism, and valiant acts, because it leads to the aggressive fighting the U.S. soldiers display in the war; “Notes” on the other hand, also encourages heroism, but it does so through a sick and twisted manner, because if you do not act accordingly to heroism, there is no real reason to live, which in turn encourages suicide. In the chapter “Speaking of Courage” heroism is described as a necessity and even maybe as a way of life. Throughout the chapter the character Norman Bowker talks about how he had almost won the silver star of valor. He tells the reader how he had failed himself because he had not endured enough, and he had not been brave enough to continue to give an extra effort to earn that star.
Remarque paints a very drastic and probably quite accurate picture of war. Our main character Paul Bäumer narrates how much the war not only affects him but all those around him by explaining and taking note of battle and all the prospects that go along with it. The first important area Remarque has Paul address about the reality of war is the continuous and what seems like never ending amounts of death. When Kemmerich dies, his death is sadly looked upon. Even before his death, his comrades could see that “under the skin [his] life no longer [pulsed], it [had] already pressed out
In the crucial times of World War I there were two extremely diverse views on the war; one being that it was a beautiful and romantic sacrifice and the other that it was a horrible and inhumane duty. No one really understood the true and harsh reality of war unless they witnessed the brutality first hand. In Wilfred Owen 's poem, "Dulce et Decorum Est", he conveys the dark side of the war. Through the intense diction, imagery, and figurative language that Owen incorporates he portrays the evil truth behind the war and derives a hopeless and dreary tone. Owen acquires the dark tone with his vivid and vile diction.
The First World War was a devastating event that brought to many people, pain, sorrow and bitterness. The occurred compares to no other wars existing conventions, morals and ideals in the same way as did World War 1. Many people are blinded by the portrayed illusory of war. Those who sacrifice themselves for their country are looked upon for their meritorious conduct. However, others have been touched by the terror written in pieces of literature, wishing people to understand the horror and tragedy that befell those involved.
R.C Sheriff successfully describes the appalling effects of war on different soldiers “Journey’s End”, written by R. C. Sheriff in the early twentieth century, is considered as one of the most prominent dramatic war pieces in English Literature. Sheriff mainly portrays in his play, as it was written based on his experiences in World War 1, the melancholy of war and death. The writer aims in “Journey’s End” to provide a moral message of the nonsense and futility of war; this moral message is reflected efficiently in the characters’ feelings and behavior in the trenches with all the stress and the explosions. Consequently, Sheriff successfully manages to describe the appalling effects of war on different soldiers. In this essay, I will explore
A Soldier’s Dilemma Like many others in his regiment, Henry Fleming, protagonist in The Red Badge of Courage, expects the Battle of Chancellorsville to be filled with heroism and legendary acts of dauntless heroism. Heroism, however, seems nowhere to be found, and Henry is left questioning his own valor. In The Red Badge of Courage, Crane writes Henry Fleming as a flawed yet good-hearted character by revealing his inner thoughts as he runs from the battle, his actions directed toward comrades, and by displaying Henry’s differences at the end of the story to emphasize the inner struggle between courage and cowardice. Henry’s flawed nature and inner desire to be morally upright are revealed as he escapes the battle and as he justifies himself
One way to learn about life as a soldier is to take a deeper look, behind the red, white and blue and the cheers of victory. Crane gives us a deeper look, through his amazing characters. Henry Fleming 's, blinded from the true horrors of war enlisted, in hopes of glory from his fellow peers. As hours transformed to days, Henry 's fantasized life as a soldier shattered,
Instead he can only replay the dreadful scene in his mind. The speaker realises that right from the beginning, the truth was concealed and overpowered by rhetoric which convinced the innocent youth that war is glorifying. Owen states, “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest / To children ardent for some desperate glory, / The old Lie” (25). The reality of the war takes many lives and destroys the innocence amongst the young soldiers. In The Wars, several characters endure their own destruction of innocence as a result of the war.